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On-scene Disaster Communication: An Evolving Landscape

David Blankinship  (Senior Technology Advisor, Western Fire Chiefs Association)

Dan Munsey  (Fire Chief / Fire Warden, San Bernardino County Fire)

John Goocher  (CEO, Assured Wireless)

Date: Monday, September 27

Time: 8:30am - 11:30am

Track: Disaster Comms

Format: 3-Hour Workshop

Vault Recording: TBD

For decades, most direction at an emergency scene was communicated almost solely by voice, whether it was face-to-face, by phone or via two-way radio. Today, most believe that is no longer the case. Broadband tools are used extensively for mapping, planning, and coordinating response efforts, allowing the valuable radio capacity to be reserved for tactical updates and directive. But broadband also increasingly is playing a role in tracking assets, monitoring the health status of responders, communicating with drones/robots and delivering relevant photos/video to personnel in the field. What is practical to use today? Can cloud-based application be part of standard operating procedures? If connectivity to the cloud is lost, what functionality is needed at the site to maintain operations until it can be restored? What deployables make sense in different scenarios? Our expert panelists will examine these and other questions that continue to be raised about some of most difficult circumstances associated with response communications.